The Senior Technical Advisor, (STA) provides management support and technical assistance for the design and implementation of interventions related to Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) portfolio of MTaPS countries, specifically focusing on technical areas of infection prevention and control (IPC), water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), and antimicrobial stewardship (AMS). The STA provides support primarily to the portfolio manager and technical lead of GHSA/IPC/AMR portfolio, but also to the other senior technical staff assigned to specific activities to ensure that the work is of the highest quality. As required, the STA also works with other MTaPS portfolios and technical staff on opportunities, new and existing tools, and headquarters-based and country implementation programs related to strengthening pharmaceutical management systems.
Technical Support (40%)
- Work with country stakeholders and international counterparts to help develop, review, implement, and monitor technical approaches and strategies for strengthening response to GHSA challenges in accordance with national strategies and action plans.
- Provide direct technical assistance to stakeholders and public and private facilities in designing and implementing AMR work plans and interventions with specific focus on one-health IPC, WASH, and AMS.
- Provide assistance in the development of specific AMR policies, guidelines, standard operating procedures, job aids, and other relevant materials
- Collaborate with stakeholders for the development, deployment and implementation of appropriate tools necessary to improve pharmaceutical management information systems and their appropriate use for decision making.
- As needed provide technical support to other MTaPS pharmaceutical systems strengthening and health elements activities in the country
- Coordinate with other MTaPS country project technical activities ensuring harmonized approach in line with MSH quality standards
- Coordinate assigned technical areas and activities with other USAID-funded and international projects in the country
Capacity Building (40%)
- Participate assessments of the GHSA/AMR human resource capacity strengthening needs, and collaborate internally and externally to develop capacity strengthening strategy
- Work with national education stakeholders in designing and implementing required reform of pre- and in-service human capacity strengthening
- Develop costed project capacity strengthening strategies, roll-out plans, training and follow-up timelines
- In conjunction with country counterparts, develop/revise required training packages and materials
- Design, develop training packages, and conduct ToT exercises
- Facilitate AMR trainings and other capacity building exercises as planned
- As required, participate in the planning and delivery of broader capacity building programs aimed at national pharmaceutical system strengthening.
Monitoring and Evaluation (10%)
- In coordination with the M&E team, contribute to the development of country project M&E plan, and support the collection and validation of relevant data to report project indicators.
- Contribute to the adequate documentation and dissemination of program results and lessons learned, including the development and submission of abstracts and articles to scientific journals and conferences.
Performance Management (5%)
- Supervise assigned Technical Advisors ensuring the adequacy of their performance and their continuous professional development.
- Graduate degree in a health-related field with specialized training and/or experience related to GHSA elements such as IPC, WASH and AMS.
- Physician, nurse, pharmacist or public health qualification preferred.
- 5 years of relevant experience in pharmaceutical management (PM) and pharmaceutical systems development and strengthening in developing country context, including experience in the areas of AMR containment, such as infection prevention and control (IPC), antimicrobial stewardship (AMS)
- Experience in other areas of AMR containment such as WASH is highly desirable.
- Field experience with public health programs in developing country context supported by bilateral agencies such as USAID, CDC and international agencies such as the Global Fund, UNITAID, WHO and World Bank preferred.
Knowledge and Skills:
- Excellent writing and presentation skills in English are essential.
- Proficiency in French is required, languages of other USAID-supported countries is an asset.
- Strong computer skills; Excel, MS Word, MS Project, PowerPoint.
- Demonstrated competence to assess priorities and manage a variety of activities in a time-sensitive environment and meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality.
Cultural sensitivity and diplomacy
Ability to work independently and in team
Good judgment for decision making.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability in consensus building and constructively leading a team.
- Ability to travel internationally and domestically up to 40% of time as required to support the progress of program activities.
Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.
Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.
Principal Technical Advisor